Found January 31, 2012 on JibbleScribbits:
Adrian Dater had me, and superfan Dario on his podcast tonight (hey what a coincidence that I'm blogging in the first time in 2 months. And by Coincidence I realized that, no I actually enjoy this and should do it again). One thing we touched on was the Erik Johnson/Jay McClement for Chris Stewart/Kevin Shattenkirk trade, and we touched on Jay McClement briefly, but I wanted to go over how valuable he (and players like him) are to teams.(All stats taken from Behind the Net)Jay McClement makes the avs a better team. He is so solid in his own zone (along with Daniel Winnik) that it allows the Avs to move Ryan O'Reilly up to the second line, and this season (as opposed to seasons past) he is finally getting to start shifts in the offensive zone. It's no wonder his point totals are rising. Here's an example: His first two seasons in the league, Ryan O'Reilly's OZone % (his ratio of starts in his own zone as compared to the offensive one) was 43%, and 40.5%. Not s...

Avalanche Warning: The Weekly Colorado Avs Report

Welcome to Avalanche Warning, my new weekly feature on the Northwest Division's Colorado Avalanche.  Today, I will look at the week ahead for the Avalanche coming out of the All-Star break.  The Avs should be a well-rested group after sending only Gabriel Landeskog to the all-star weekend and even he shouldn't be the worse for wear as he did not play in the All-Star Game...

Duchene not ready yet

Getty Images Today marked the four-week anniversary of Matt Duchene’s left knee injury. Four weeks was the minimum time the Avalanche said the young forward would be sidelined. Duchene would be out “at least a month” was the official company line. Unfortunately for Avs fans, the minimum time will be exceeded. Duchene will not be in the lineup Tuesday when the Avs play the Oilers...

Duchene not at practice

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New “Hockey Talk” podcast: All Avalanche talk

I hope you awesome, splendiforous folks click on the podcast below. It’s a solid hour of nothing but Avalanche talk, which is what I know the vast majority of you want to listen to. I like to vary the podcast, talking with other people around the league on subjects other than the Avs, but I know where my bread is buttered. So, Avalanche fanatics should click on the link below,...

Injured Matt Duchene might be weeks from returning to Avs

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Dawg Nation, Avalanche join forces to help fallen hockey player

Dawg Nation, a collection of Denver-area, beer-league hockey players who reach out to peers in need, have joined forces with the Avalanche to help Cody Beekman, who in October was paralyzed from a car accident. Beekman, 21, grew up playing hockey for the Hyland Hills Junior Hockey Association (ages 9-18, ended playing for midget-major A in 2007-08), and was most recently playing...

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